Don’t you just “love it” when you are in the middle of a project and someone walks by and says with a sarcastic giggle “Hey! You missed a spot!”
Now if I were going to take off my pastor hat for a second I’d love to say “Oh yeah buddy? Say it again and I’ll give you a spot you won’t miss!”
But I don’t.
I smile…grit my teeth…and think about how far I can throw a tile spade in the air hoping it will work like a Roman spear.
Now, as much as we hate to hear some idiot tell us about the mistake we made, 9 times out of 10 we still will look to see if they’re right. It’s in our DNA to want to see if there is a spot we missed. It’s why that sophomoric game of “Made You Look” works nearly every time. The game where you make a circle with your index finger and thumb and if you get someone to look at it you get to punch them as hard as you want.
Ok…that may be a dumb guy thing, but it does happen. Ask any guy regardless of age.
We all want to know if there is something we need to fix, wipe off, or clean up when it comes to our appearance. You want that person to tell you that you have toilet paper on your shoe. You want to know you have a hanger coming out of your nose. You want someone to tell you that you should not wear Spandex. Ok maybe not that one, but the rest of the civilized world would like you to know that.
The point is that we want to know these things so we aren’t embarrassed and we can make things right.
So why doesn’t that work with our spiritual life?
Why don’t we like it when someone tells us that we missed a spot in our spiritual walk with God? I don’t mean in a sarcastic, judging, or mean way, but in a genuine way that shows they care for and love you.
It’s that friend that notices your actions during the week that are not what they see on Sunday. It’s the close brother that has permission to ask about what you are looking at on the internet. It’s the girlfriend that notices you are a little too friendly with that guy at work and can call you on it.
Yet we don’t like that do we? We’d rather walk around with a spiritual booger on our shirt than deal with it. The moral toilet paper that we drag around is worth it if we can keep doing what we are doing.
The reality is that being a Christian requires that we live a constant “You missed a spot” life. As we follow Christ more and more we realize that there are more spots we need to work on. There are more things in our life that we need to repent of and seek forgiveness for.
But that isn’t a punishment, it’s a promotion!
A promotion into a better, spot free life that only Jesus can offer.
So don’t be so resistant to someone pointing out the spots in your life. If you trust them and they are Godly men and women, give them the time of day and take a look.
I”d rather be embarrassed for a moment with a little gunk on my face than a crazy person with a fossilized bugger on my face that I just didn’t want to deal with. It’s time to deal with the spots.